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Project Manager/Chief of Party

Job Description

Title: Project Manager/Chief of Party

Reporting to: Technical Program Manager Education

Location: Kampala

Purpose of the position:

World Vision is recruiting for a Chief of Party for an education project to be implemented in 10 districts in North and Central Uganda. The project will contribute towards reduction in new HIV infections among adolescent girls by increasing girls’ access and retention in positive secondary school environments in the selected districts.

The COP will provide over all technical and administrative leadership to the project. The COP will be responsible for overall project performance, management and execution and ensure quality and timeliness of project deliverables within budget and compliance targets. He/she will also serve as the primary liaison with the donor and key stakeholders on management and technical matters relating to the project.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Translate project goals and objectives into implementation strategies and plans and oversee the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan.

  • Steer the design and execution of a rapid assessment to identify the most important causes of adolescent girls “dropping out,” focusing on critical issues both in the school environment and in the community.

  • Provide technical guidance to ensure appropriate solutions that engages multiple stakeholders at different levels from the community and at the district to address the drivers of drop out for this targeted population are designed and implemented.

  • Ensure internal integration of project activities through 1) an annual work plan and budgeting process, 2) creating/maintaining an effective project management team, 3) overseeing an effective monitoring and evaluation system

  • Lead the coordination of project activities with a diverse group of stakeholders and beneficiaries, including implementing partners, District education offices, School Management committees, Head teachers, teachers, civil society, and other program partners

  • Maintain productive working relationships with donor, project partners, and key stakeholders.

  • Oversee the preparation of project reports and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement and provide briefings to funding donor as requested/required

  • In accordance with WV policies, implement measures and practices to ensure high levels of staff engagement, development and retention

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

  • At least a master’s degree in education, social work, or a related field.

  • Nine years of relevant field experience in educational development, with specific experience in working directly with diverse stakeholder groups, such as School Management Committees, parents, teachers, youth, students, community-based organizations, local government and other stakeholders to protect children, reduce gender-based violence in schools and improve retention.

  • Demonstrated experience of the child protection, HIV/AIDs and education sector within the Uganda context, particularly topics related to safe schools, Teacher Code of Conduct, school-related gender-based violence and community engagement for improved retention and learning outcomes.

  • Technical knowledge of child protection systems for prevention/ reporting/response, and dropout prevention/student retention strategies

  • Experience using social mobilization/behavior change approaches at multiple levels (national, district, community, school, and individual) preferred.

  • Experience working on similar projects in a similar capacity preferred.

  • Strong oral/written communication skills.

  • Fluency in written and spoken English required.